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Christendom College senior Anthony Criste was named one of the Diocese of Arlington’s “Volunteers of the Year” at a special awards ceremony held on December 14. Criste, who is the college’s student body vice president, joined other award winners at the annual Youth and Campus Ministry Appreciation Dinner, which honors the best youth and campus ministry workers each year.

Since the beginning of his college career, Criste has aided the campus community in a variety of positions, earning a reputation as one of the most selfless and driven students on campus. Currently, he works as a manager in the college’s Special Operations department, serves as student body vice president and is on the college’s Senior Philanthropy Board. In the past, he has served as a supply manager director and was elected as the college’s sophomore class president by his peers. As a member of the college’s Student Activities Council, Criste has been the logistical mastermind behind many events for the student body, including St. Patrick’s Day, multiple dances, Men’s Convocation, and more.

The award marks the capstone to four years of tremendous service at Christendom, where he has helped serve the rest of the Diocese of Arlington in the process.

“During his time as a student at Christendom, Anthony has embodied the role of a servant leader through his work, volunteer efforts and involvement in the community on campus,” says Director of Student Activities Marilyn Charba. “As the Student Body Vice President, he serves the community behind the scenes and is always there to lend a hand and support those in need. He’s the most hard-working, capable and selfless leader on campus.”

Criste joins other Christendom students who have previously been named Volunteers of the Year by the Diocese, including alumni Henry Love, Thomas Hepler, Fr. John McFadden, and others.

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